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More patients opt to replace ankle joints instead of fusion

from The Wall Street Journal

Replacing hips and knees has become a common affair. Now, people are increasingly swapping out weakened or injured ankles to get back on their feet. Ankle replacement is an alternative to the more common fix, ankle fusion restoring more range of motion and flexibility. Newer artificial joints can include parts such as mobile bearings that make moving up and down on an incline easier. That helps patients climb stairs, hike, or ski, without putting undue stress on adjacent joints. more


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